On Wednesday, Feb 13, USUBC hosted an unusual event – presentation of Ukraine Leadership Academy (ULA) in Washington. ULA is an outstanding, effective long-run program for Ukraine, which is developing a new generation of leaders in Ukraine.


In the picture left to right: Jaroslawa (Slava) Johnson, Western NIS Enterprise Fund and William Petruck, Funding Matters

A presentation about ULA was made by Jaroslawa (Slava) Johnson, CEO, Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF), which co-founded and is helping fund the start-up of ULA. 

“It’s a unique 10-month program for students between the ages of 17 and 19 from over Ukraine, where they come as children and leave as adults with developed fundamental values, good will, strong leadership skills and ability to express their voice. We aim our students to be willing to stay in their country and change it for better”, - Said Jaroslava Johnson.


In the picture left to right: Alyson Case, USAID;  Kristen Young, Partner, White & Case; Jesse Leggoe, USAID;  Askold Krushelnycky, Kyiv Post; Lynn Murphy, Premium 2000+; Morgan Williams, USUBC; Borys Chumak, Department of Commerce.

The challenging and multi-faceted ten-month program for students develops the body, spirit, and mind. In addition to the study of languages, humanities, social sciences, and management, great emphasis is placed on emotional intellect and development, models of leadership, communications skills, group dynamics, and conflict resolution. Practical skills such as personal finance management are also in the curriculum.  

Slava is a long-time friend and strong supporter of USUBC, has served as a member of the USUBC Board of Directors for many years and has been an outstanding Ukrainian-Amerian leader in Ukraine for over 20 years.  WNISEF is a member of USUBC. 

In the picture left to right: William  Petruck, Funding Matters; Jaroslawa (Slava) Johnson, Western NIS Enterprise Fund and  Morgan Williams, USUBC

William Petruck, President & CEO, FUNDING Matters, who is working with the leadership of the Ukrainian Leadershp Academy (ULA), made a presentation about on long-run planning and funding of ULA.  “All expenses, that is over $11.000 per student, are covered by the Academy. To date over $10,000,000 USD has been invested to establish six pilot Leadership Academies in  six regions of Ukraine (Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Poltava, Mykolaiv, and Chernivtsi). In order to promote sustainability for current programs and establish an academy in the six current regions of  Ukraine permanently by the end of 2021, we require $50,000,000 USD to provide our students with top lecturers, mentors, and thought leaders”, Mr. Petruck said.

The Q&A session followed the presentations. This meeting was moderated by Morgan Williams, President & CEO, U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), www.USUBC.org

The following companies attended this meeting in Washington: USAID; Ukrainian Development Company; U.S. Department of Commerce; Support Hospitals in Ukraine; Ukrinform; Diplomatic and International Development; U.S. Department of State; Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA); Culhane Meadows PLLC; White & Case; Blue Star Strategies; Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF); John Hopkins University; U.S.-Ukraine Foundation; Kyiv Post; Eurasia Business Consultancy; Embassy of Ukraine in the USA; Premium 2000+; Funding Matters; People of Ukraine; Arlington- Ivano-Frankivsk Sister-City Committee; Promontory Financial Group and others.